Authorities make heroin bust in Wanchese

By on June 18, 2012

Two people have been arrested on drug charges after a brief foot chase by law enforcement officers who had stopped another vehicle in Wanchese.

On Thursday, members of the Dare County Sheriff’s Narcotics Unit, Dare County Patrol Deputies, the Kill Devil Hills Police Department and the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation had a vehicle stopped on Old Wharf Road, Chief Deputy Steve Hoggard said in a statement.

Two people who had approached in another car were arrested after a brief foot chase of a man who left the vehicle, Hoggard said. A significant quantity of heroin was found, the statement said.

Arrested was Benjamin William Lee Davis, 23 of Columbia. He was charged with trafficking opium or heroin; possession with the intent to sell or deliver heroin; and felony possession of a schedule I controlled substance, heroin. He was in the Dare County Detention Center in lieu of $90,000 bond.

Amanda Schae Champlin, 20, of Dorcas Pond Road in Wanchese was charged with conspiracy to traffic drugs; possession of marijuana up to 1/2 ounce; and possession of drug paraphernalia. Her bond was set at $21,000.

Further charges may be filed, based on additional investigation.

In a separate case, the Sheriff’s Office reported that a Moyock man was arrested on a narcotics charge Thursday after a traffic stop in Southern Shores that was part of a drug investigation.

Erik Paul Dodson, 27, of Pudding Ridge Road in Moyock was charged with trafficking opium or heroin. He was being held in the Dare County Detention Center in lieu of $70,000 bond.

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June 19, 2012 11:38 am

Great job Dare County Sheriff’s Narcotics Unit, Dare County Patrol Deputies, the Kill Devil Hills Police Department and the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation!!!
We thank you for your efforts in trying to keep drugs out of community.


June 19, 2012 10:54 am

@ Amelia Checks- how exactly would you suggest the DA/Judge “fix” their problems? Champlin does not have a record. So even if she pleads to a felony, NC Structured Sentencing mandates probation in most cases. It’s not the judge/DA’s job to “fix” their problem. They are going to have to want to do it themselves. Even if they go to jail or rehab for a period of time when they are let lose back out on the streets they have to want to stay clean. The court system cannot fix society’s drug problem by sending people to jail. It’s a quick fix to a bigger problem. Parents need to start taking a more active role in their children’s lives. Rehabilation needs to be a more affordable option. There’s a number of things that need to take place. But blaming the judges and DA’s because defendant’s receive the “proverbial slap on the wrist” is ignorant to the law and ignorant to the real problems and issues at hand.


June 19, 2012 10:20 am

on the other hand, given the lunacy and agendas involved, it actually in a way “makes sense” why it will always remain “illegal.”


June 19, 2012 10:09 am

Real shame for the young woman. Basically her life is ruined, and for simple pot possession and “personal” amount at that. Ironically her association with the guy toting the “hard stuff” is what will seal her fate.

I just watched the recently released full length viewing of “THE UNION” documentary ( about comprehensive pot aspects in the US and Canada, and its a real shame, and complete idiocy why this plant is illegal. There is just so many agendas underlying this substance that when you step back and look at the big picture, it just does not make sense. Pure lunacy!

Amelia Checks

June 19, 2012 7:39 am

Regardless of the details of how this all happened, it is good to get this mess off the streets. Wouldn’t want to see them or anyone they sell to dead. They need help, such young people, wonder what leads them to such a life, very sad indeed. I am sure they are capable of so much more. Now the real question is: how will this be handled in the courts, the police have done their jobs, will the DA and the judge do theirs? Will it be the proverbial slap on the wrist or entry into the repeated destructive cycle of probation? Or will these young people be blessed with a wise judge who sees their real needs? One who will ensure that they recieve not only the punitive actions necessary but also the solution to the underlying issues that got them in this situation to start with?

windy champlin

June 18, 2012 5:09 pm

You might want to get the facts straight before writing articles. Schae did not jump out of her car and run away, the idiot she gave the ride to did. She remained in her vehicle until the officers asked her to get out. Her arresting officer told me this and the tow truck driver that was there to tow the first vehicle. POOR REPORTING.

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